A fairly straightforward problem that won’t be unique to Drupal, but you may run into when migrating PHP applications from other hosts.
I was reviving an old D6 site that had been hosted on another ISP (Hostgator, as it happens) and on setting it up on Acquia DevDesktop (which is a local MAMP stack) found PHP wouldn’t execute as normal.
First, isolate the problem:
- i.e. do other sites besides this one, running on the same computer (typically you’ll get this problem on a local dev setup) work correctly?
- create a test PHP file (e.g. containing
<?php echo "Hello, world!";or
<?php phpinfo();and load it
Solution in my case:
- check the .htaccess – it had the following, which was redirecting all PHP requests to a PHP binary that didn’t exist. Once commented it out PHP could run correctly.
# $Id$ # Use PHP56 as default AddHandler application/x-httpd-php56 .php <IfModule mod_suphp.c> suPHP_ConfigPath /opt/php56/lib </IfModule>
Of course any .htaccess files become irrelevant if you move your dev or production sites to Nginx, but it’s a good idea to read through it anyway.